MIT’s New ‘DATA U.S.A.’ Website presents U.S. Data visually to make it “easier to sift through” AND to ENJOY.




Warning: A new online project from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) may just blow you away!

DATA U.S.A: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE VISUALIZATION OF U.S. PUBLIC DATA” came out on Monday and was announced in the NY Times.  The story is titled, “Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to Sift Through“. It does, indeed! The article goes on to show you how it works…

Type “New York” into the Data USA search box, and a drop-down menu presents choices — the city, the metropolitan area, the state and other options. Select the city, and the page displays an aerial shot of Manhattan with three basic statistics: population (8.49 million), median household income ($52,996) and median age (35.8).

Lower on the page are six icons for related subject categories, including economy, demographics and education. If you click on demographics, one of the so-called data stories appears, based largely on data from the American Community Survey of the United States Census Bureau.” (Source: NYTimes.com)

The Website pulls off a major feat in that there is so much to look at (in a good way – you’ll WANT to look at more) but it is never cluttered.

One cool feature is that a small number of ‘suggested’ searches scroll across the search field every 4 seconds ago – if interested in one, simply click on ‘Search’ while the keywords are in the field. For example, ‘computer science’ scrolled across the field for me. That was of particular interest to me because #1 I love computers and #2 my son is majoring in computer science. Here is a search on ‘computer science’.

On the left are other links you will want to look at (if the list disappears, click on the ‘hamburger’/3 horizontal lines)




I typed in 28405, a zip code from Wilmington, N.C. and it brought me to a page that looked like this (cropped here) –

http://datausa.io/profile/geo/new-hanover-county-nc/

Thanks to ResearchBuzz.com for the heads up on this!

Prediction: Voice Search Will Soon Become More Popular Than Typing Into A Search Box




A speaker at the SMX West 2016 (Search Marketing Expo and Conference) in San Jose made that bold prediction. Indeed, voice activation control of computers is becoming more and more common. Just a couple of weeks ago I solved a student’s inability to type by showing her how to type in Google Drive by her voice.

The prediction was presented in MarketingLand.com’s article – “The rise of personal assistants and the death of the search box: Columnist Eric Enge recaps the SMX West 2016 keynote by Googler Behshad Behzadi, who envisions a not-too-distant future in which voice search becomes more ubiquitous — and may even replace the search box.

The article ‘speaks to’ (pun intended) to the future of search and how it is changing quickly toward voice commanded search.

Talking to Siri on an iPhone or another voice activated device is not that different from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk communicating with his computer as shown in this YouTube video –

Not on board yet? That’s okay. You may be sooner than you ever imagined though. More and more voice activated devices are being put on the market and the prices and the abilities are improving rapidly. If you watch TV, you’ve even seen more commercials featuring them. A Super Bowl ad for Amazon Echo featured Alec Baldwin, Misty Elliott, Dan Marino, and Jason Schwartzman.

Other devices that are voice activated that you might have heard of include:


and…

  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple iPhones, Watches, etc.
  • Honeywell Smart Thermostat
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smartwatch 3
  • and many more.

 

Here is a list of 15 voice activated devices.